Hammersmith and Fulham braced for Diamond Jubilee festivities


Despite the bad weather warnings the Jubilee river pageant is expected to attract large crowds.


By Helen Wright

Hammersmith and Fulham residents can enjoy the Diamond Jubilee weekend festivities thanks to Transport for London’s issued travel guidance.

TfL are suggesting that Londoners travel by public transport wherever possible and to only drive into the centre if it cannot be otherwise avoided.

Despite the bad weather warnings, the Jubilee river pageant this Sunday is expected to draw large crowds.

TfL say this may cause increased congestion on the borough’s roads and bridges.

With more than 60 roads closed in Hammersmith and Fulham for street party celebrations and parking suspensions it will be increasingly difficult for drivers to negotiate the traffic.

“Central London will be very busy throughout the weekend,” said Peter Hendy CBE, London’s transport commissioner.

“By planning ahead and checking before travelling everyone will be able to get where they need to be, and have a great time celebrating the Diamond Jubilee.”

Pedestrians are being advised to avoid the banks of the Thames if they are not intent on viewing the river pageant.

A number of dedicated viewing areas have been set up and people are being advised to arrive early and, as there are a number of bridge closures, to keep to one side of the river.

Both Battersea and Chelsea bridges closed to traffic, and will only be accessible to pedestrians. However, no stopping is allowed.

Vauxhall Bridge will also be open to pedestrians and traffic, but the central section will close as the flotilla passes underneath from about 3pm-5.30pm. No viewing is allowed. 

A significant number of bus routes will be affected by the road and bridge closures, and will either be diverted or not run their full courses.   

As a result a number of ‘bus hubs’ will be established at, or near transport interchanges on both sides of the river.

The majority of underground services will run normally, except the Richmond to Willsden Junction and South Tottenham to Barking services which will not operate due to planned engineering works.

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